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Scott Harkema

Scott Harkema

Scott Harkema

Senior Lecturer



337E University Hall
230 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • History of Early Modern
  • History of Philosophy of Mind
  • History of Moral Philosophy
  • History of American Philosophy


  • B.A. Philosophy, Religion (minor Greek) Calvin College, 2014
  • M.A. Philosophy, University of Mississippi, 2016

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Chronologically, my philosophical interests lie in the history of philosophy, primarily constrained to the early modern period. I have always been partial to the systematic (rather than fragmentary and specialized) treatment of philosophical questions, and studying the history of philosophy affords the opportunity to more easily observe and participate in philosophy practiced as a systematic enterprise. I also enjoy the interpretation of historical texts, deploying both broadly contextual and analytic methodologies in the construction of interpretation. Topically, my interests fall primarily in the philosophy of mind, epistemology, metaethics, and metaphilosophy. I am also fascinated by the lives of the philosophers whom I study, and am an avid reader of their autobiographies, correspondence, and non-philosophical writings.